Ten generations after Adam, God had pressed the reset button. It is interesting to note that the number 10 can represent a time of testing, and it can also mean righteous government. The ten commandments come to mind here... rules with which to govern righteously. But I am getting ahead of myself. At the time of the flood, ten generations had passed, and there was certainly no righteous government on the earth. We are going to see a similar occurrence soon.
God is the same yesterday today and forever, but sometimes the rules change. When God gives a new covenant, He also gives new directions.
The first thing God did in chapter 9 was to put the fear of man into the animals. Why is that? It is interesting to note that the very next thing said was, "You can now eat them, along with all the delicious plants that you've eaten since the garden." Man became an omnivore after the flood. Did the animals somehow inherently know that they were now subject to the butcher shop?
As one who has raised chickens for meat, I can totally relate to this. Those birds would see me coming and RUN!
The devil is hard at work trying to equate man and animals. Many world religions believe that they are equal. But clearly, the Bible shows us that man is different from the animals.
God then instituted the death penalty in the next verses. This was an early form of "eye for an eye." Man was now required to kill murderers.
Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; from the hand of every beast I will require it, and from the hand of man. From the hand of every man’s brother I will require the life of man.
“Whoever sheds man’s blood,
By man his blood shall be shed;
For in the image of God
He made man. (The word for man is Adam. As I showed in a previous post, every human being has the potential to bear the image of God. See Genesis post 16 for more information on that).
The rest of chapter 9 outlines the details and promises of God's covenant with Noah. Is this covenant still valid today?
Verse 11 says, Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.
|God's rainbow is made of 7 colors - who hasn't heard of Roy G Biv?|
Matthew 24:37 says, But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.
|Man's corrupted rainbow is made of 6 colors. |
Hebraically speaking, six is the incomplete number of man.
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
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